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NEWS | Nov. 12, 2014

Everything happens for a reason

By Tech. Sgt. Ruben Melendez 437 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron first sergeant

Sometimes life can be frustrating because people and events enter our lives that seem to conflict with our life plan and our best interests. However, we always need to remind ourselves that everything that happens in our life happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or as a result of "luck." Whether it be love, illness or sheer stupidity, everything happens to test the limits of our soul and to enable one to reach their true potential.

Without these tests, life would be a smooth flat road to nowhere, dull and pointless with no opportunity to grow. Often times, people come into our lives and we know right away they are meant to be there.  They often come at times or in situations when they are least expected. Other times it may take a while to realize why they are here.  However, they aren't going away until the issue is dealt with.

The learning experiences aren't always what we consider as negative.  Often times, it is a very rewarding time. We need to remember that often times the most trying and negative times are the instances when we learn the most and reap the greatest rewards.  There have been several times in my life when what I thought was a negative event actually turned into something positive.

Everything really does happen for a reason.  There are no good or bad experiences, only learning experiences. Appreciate every moment and every event in your life and be ready to garner unexpected rewards from every encounter and experience you have.  You never know how it will turn out.